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General Medical

P.L.A.N. for better care
Advance Care Planning
Grey Matters
Planning for after hours medical care
Get up, get dressed, get moving!
D.U.M.P.

P.L.A.N. for better care
Lets P.L.A.N. for better health care is a health literacy initiative to help consumers prepare wll for their vist to the GP or other primary care health professional.

As well as an A4 flyer you can also access an interactive form. You can use the form to note down your questions and click the 'Print' button at the end to print your questions or save them as a PDF.

Four steps for your next health care visit
Planning for your next health care visit and asking questions will help you understand more about your health and treatment for an illness or injury.
Your doctor, nurse and other included in your health care want you to ask questions to help you make decisions together.
Let's P.L.A.N. for better care

Prepare for your visit

  • write down your main concerns or questions
  • make a list of your medicines and supplements
  • did you know you can take a support person with you and ask for a translator?

Listen and share

  • say if you don't understand and if a drawing could help
  • say if you're having problems with your medicines or treatment, or can't afford them
  • is there anything else you can tell your doctor or nurse about your health?

Ask questions

  • what is my health problem?
  • what happens next?
  • why is that important?
  • are there any other options?
  • what can I do to help with my health?

Note down what you need to do next

When you collect your medicine from a pharmacy, you may want to ask these questions:

  • what is the medicine for?
  • what is its name?
  • how and when do I take it?
  • how long do I need to take it for?
  • what could happen if I stop taking it?
  • what are the side effects? What should I do if I get these?

If you would like copies of the Let's P.L.A.N. A4 pads and posters please email:communications@hqsc.govt.nz stating the numbers you would like and where you would like them delivered.

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Advance Care Planning
Advance care planning is the process of think about, talking about and planning for future health care and end of life care.
Advance care planning gives everyone a chance to say what’s important to them.  It helps people understand what the future might hold and to say what treatment they would and would not want. It helps people, their families and their healthcare teams plan for future and end of life care.
This makes it much easier for families and healthcare providers to know what a person would want – particularly if they can no longer speak for themselves.

To download and complete your plan click here

For more information on advance care planning visit www.advancecareplanning.org.nz

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Grey Matters
Ministry of Health library publishes a regular on line newsletter "Grey Matter" which provides access to a selection of the most recent NGO, Think Tank and International Government reports that are relevant to the health context. Information is arrange by topic, allowing readers to quickly hone in on their key areas of interest. Topics vary each issue, depending upon key publications that have been made in the last month.

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After Hours Medical Care
Worried about how to ensure you have access to after hours medical care? View Age Concern New Zealands new factsheet that will help you make an after-hours medical care plan

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Waitemata District Health Board Early Discharge and Rehabilitation Service (EDARS) is a short-term intensive rehabilitation programme provided in a patient's home. The at-home programme is similar to that provided in the hospital rehabilitation wards. It is aimed at people over 65 (55 for Māori or Pacific people) identified as likely to regain a significant level of independence if they receive an intensive short-term rehabiliation programme. For more information visit www.healthpoint.co.nz

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Get up,get dressed, get moving!
#endPJparalysis
Most older adults living at home take at least 900 steps per day.  However, research shows that while in hospital most patients only walk around 250 steps per day.
Being less active may mean you have to stay in hospital longer and possibly need time in a rehabilitation ward. 
Remaining  active is as important for your recovery as your medical treatment.
By keeping active you will be ready to leave hospital sooner, and return to your usual activities at home. Read Waitemata District Health Board's flyer Get up, get dressed, get moving!

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D.U.M.P.
Dispose of
Unwanted
Medicines
Properly

Return you unwanted medicines to your pharmacy for FREE

If you live in Auckland you can return your unwanted medicines to your pharmacy for safe disposal.

This is all we need to do... it really is easy
Step 1   Sort through your medicines cabinet
Step 2   Take expired and unwanted medicines to your local pharmacy
Step 3   Give them to your pharmacist for proper disposal, and...
Step 4 Tell your friends and relatives about the D.U.M.P Project.

Read the flyer for more information

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